Study in Lower Hutt

A diverse and welcoming city with a unique mix of beautiful scenery, easy living and innovative enterprise to inspire students.

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A diverse and open city

Lower Hutt is a city of 100,000 people - 15 minutes north of New Zealand’s capital city Wellington

Lower Hutt city ranks second best for resident quality of life in the 2018 Quality of Life Survey.
of eight major cities in New Zealand - and Wellington has been named again as Deutsche Bank's most liveable global city 

We’ll show you our enviable lifestyle, with beaches, rivers, mountains and forest hiking within minutes of schools. We’re a growing city and council is investing more in new recreational centres, community hubs and events centres, swimming pools, and investment in sports fields to offer many more quality choices for students after school.

Home-stay families often have long term connections with our schools – and homes are generally large and spacious with outdoor areas and pets.

Lower Hutt is home to 100+ nationalities, celebrates many cultural festivals throughout the year and is minutes away from major sports games, events and music concerts at the Wellington Regional Stadium and TSB Arena. It’s easy to get around with an regular bus, train and ferry network our cities and region.



Lower Hutt has over 50 schools - these schools have international student programmes that we recommend that are part of Education Wellington.

St. Bernards College

An integrated Catholic secondary school for boys from Year 7–13. Its priority is to create a school which challenges each student to reach their full potential spiritually, academically and socially.  A culturally diverse school that welcomes international students from around the globe.
Find out more.  


Chilton St James

Be assured of the highest quality education in a prestigious traditional, independent all girls’ school.  Students enjoy a wide range of extracurricular sport, music and dance options and a place in one of New Zealand’s top performing schools. 

 Hutt Valley High School

Hutt Valley High School

Is the largest school in Wellington. It' s a co-educational secondary school providing a high quality education for all students within a safe and stimulating environment. Offers a wide range of subject options; six languages are taught. Strengths in music, performing arts, technology and full sports programme available with competition at elite national level.  Nobel Prize Winner Alan MacDiarmid attended Hutt Valley High School. Find out more.  


 Sacred Heart College

Sacred Heart College

A Catholic girls’ college in central Lower Hutt, providing secondary education from Years 9 to Year 13. It is a college where excellence is pursued and celebrated within a caring and Christian atmosphere with a strong emphasis on music, drama and public speaking. Find out more.  


Wainuiomata High School 

Wainuiomata High School

A multicultural, co-educational, state secondary school. It provides a dynamic and engaging school community in which students feel challenged, valued and supported. Extremely well supported as an International Student with safe, warm, large, roomy and comfortable homestays. Find out more.



Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) - tertiary institute. 

Practical programmes designed with industry to learn theory and practical skills. Leading in Hospitality, Creative Technologies, Engineering, IT and Health programmes with small class sizes. Find out more.



Active Wellington - student recruitment agency

Make things easy. Active Wellington organises long term and short term placements for individuals or groups in local high schools, language schools and universities, as well as a wide range of volunteer and work experience placements in various fields, including education, cultural exchange, hospitality and tourism, animal welfare.


Student wellbeing is important

All of the schools that accept international students have a Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (PDF, 512kb). This is a quality assurance standard administered by the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

These schools take this seriously and are committed to providing the best quality care. Long before students step off the plane, our schools are there helping with learning assistance, affordable accommodation, and ongoing care and support.

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